Following some recent questions on what type of foam roller to get I have outlined the selection of tools you can have at your disposal to prevent, and manage, yourself without relying on the hands of a therapist all the time. With the right knowledge and tools you should be able to deal with 80% of problems your body will throw up yourself!
Your self treatment kit bag should consist of the following.
superficial work – generic softer foam roller is fine
superficial work – mobility band / cut up old bicycle inner tube
deeper soft tissue work – hard hollow style eg. the Grid (gold standard) by Trigger point therapy, or the more-mile copy
really deep soft tissue work – the rumble roller, or the more-mile copy.
localised joint work – a tennis ball and a peanut (2 tennis balls taped together)
localised soft tissue work – a lacrosse ball / hockey ball / golf ball
For some fantastic video’s on how to use these tools see Kelly Starett’s website- www.mobilitywod.com